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Feb 8, 2009 05:57 AM

Who serves chicken "oysters" in Boston?

Does anyone serve a chicken "oyster" dish in the Boston area?

If you don't know what these little delicacies are:


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  1. Have you ever heard of a place anywhere that serves a dish of chicken oysters? Oysters are one of the reasons whole roast chickens are a go-to dinner party for me-- roast four birds, get eight oysters.

    A chicken oyster dish woudl get me to a restaurant in mere seconds.

    I suppose they are like dishes based on cheeks...

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    1. re: newhound

      I've never seen them on a menu, but apparently there are places that do serve them. The oysters and the kidneys are the best parts of the chicken!

      This article from 2006 mentions Dante:

    2. Bumping a zombie thread because I'm obsessed with the notion of getting chicken oysters anywhere in addition to Catalyst.

      Has anyone had that dish, and have you seen these little nuggets of love elsewhere in town?

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      1. re: yumyum

        I've had it; it was one of the few really dull dishes I had at Catalyst, which I otherwise liked quite a bit. Not really a ton of discernible chicken oysters in it, and overall a bland, underseasoned, unremarkable pasta dish.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          We felt this way about the mushroom ravioli dish. I do agree that there weren't a ton of chicken oysters in the dish.

          1. re: mkfisher

            Given that there are two per bird, I wouldn't expect a lot of them. In fact, maybe it takes away from the specialness of the item itself by making it into a dish. Hmmm.... I need to go contemplate my navel. And/or contemplate the pasta....

            1. re: yumyum

              The only pasta we loved was the corn ravioli (photographed in my Stuff review, and likely off the menu by now); the chicken-oyster garganelli and the dried-tomato etc. gnocchi were not so wonderful.

              Great little burger, I must say, with fine fries accompanied by three excellent dipping sauces. Also liked a chilled preserved-tomato soup and farm egg on brandade. Decent, craft-y cocktails at the bar. Dining room service was a bit of a mixed bag.


          2. re: MC Slim JB

            I also had that dish, I was disappointed in the chicken oysters too, they were muddled in the sauce and overcooked, starting to break down. The pasta itself was really nice I thought, a very firm bite, but thin. The pork bits floating around kind of overwhelmed everything for me.

            Chicken oysters are great lightly grilled. They can be appreciated on their own I feel.

          3. re: yumyum

            Had that dish on my first visit to Catalyst - it was excellent. Almost ordered it again last night, but the wife and I were in the mood for a burger instead.

            1. re: mkfisher

              Holy mixed reviews batman! I guess I'm just gonna have to see for myself. I've been meaning to find myself at that bar. Lose myself at that bar? Whatevs. I'll report back.